Prime Minister Berlusconi has canceled a visit to Moscow and signed a decree declaring a state of emergency. In the tape AP the first photos from the capital of the Italian region of Abruzzo, which was near the epicenter of a powerful earthquake early this morning.
The epicenter of the earthquake (6.3 on the Richter scale) very close - 85 km. from Rome. Write about two thousand homes destroyed, the number of victims of the morning rose to 13 people - previously Italian media reported the dead woman and the Russian girl in a village in the province of Abruzzo. In L'Aquila under the rubble are people, no one knows how many of them there. From Rome to Abruzzo already arrived two columns of trucks with rescuers. In the TV show as people pulled from the rubble of destroyed houses. In Naples, people thought that woke Vesuvius and began to call in emergency services, to warn. What happened at night - the most serious earthquake in 2002
UPD: Write about twenty already dead, "Corriere della Sera" called the incident "a national tragedy».
UPD2: Local TV talks about thirty dead. Particularly affected old buildings.